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Strange New Year traditions around the world you didn't know about

New Year celebrations around the world Photograph:( WION )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 25, 2017, 06.10 AM (IST) Written By: Anushka Dixit

You must think that New Year celebrations involve a massive party with drinks, food and a kiss as the clock hits 12. But did you know that many countries have their own traditions of welcoming the New Year? Do you want to explore the other side of things? Here are some strange, crazy traditions from around the world to celebrate the coming of a new year and a new beginning:



Australians have had an age old tradition of mutually showing their delight by banging utensils (Others)



New Year party isn't the only think Australians do to welcome the year. They have had an age old tradition of mutually showing their delight by banging utensils, drums, trumpets, horns and other musicals to remove the bad 'juju' like bad omen, evil spirits and negativity and welcoming the new ones.


Strange traditions in Colombia include eating 12 grapes as soon as the clock turns 12 on the New Year's Eve (Agencies)



Colombians have their own traditions for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day - called agüeros - the word agüeros literally translates to "omen". In terms of New Year it means bringing good things to everyone close to you. Some of these include eating 12 grapes as soon as the clock turns 12, wearing a pair of new yellow underwear, carrying lentils in your pocket on 31st December and taking an empty suitcase around the block after 12 o'clock.


The Swiss throw ice creams on the floor on New Year's Eve (Others)



The land of chocolates, watches and all good things believe in throwing ice cream on the floor on new year’s eve as it is said to bring overflowing abundance in the New Year.


Brazilians have some New Year traditions that may seem rather bizarre (Others)



Brazilians have some New Year traditions that may seem rather bizarre but people claim that they still follow it to bring them good luck, peace and happiness. These include – wearing white clothes with colorful underwear to welcome the New Year and jump seven waves, one for each day of the week, to bring good luck in the next year.


Thousands of people come together in Thailand for a massive water fight (Others)



Thailand’s New Year is called “Songkran” is celebrated in mid-April. It is celebrated in full swing over the course of three days including a national water festival that’s grown to legendary proportions where thousands of people come together for a massive water fight. But that’s not it, they also smear talcum powder all over each other’s face.


People in Chile celebrate New Year at a local cemetery (Others)



People in Chile aren’t focused on drawing Lady Luck to their side, but celebrate it at a local cemetery with their deceased loved ones in a chance to remember them. This tradition started about 15-16 years ago and it is known to bring peace to the loved ones they have lost.


In Panama, people burn effigies of everyone and anyone famous on New Year (Others)



Though the entire Panama celebrates New Year with great grandeur and vigor, they also celebrate the New Year by burning effigies of everyone and anyone famous. These life sized effigies are an old Panamanian tradition.  These “stuffed people” are called many names - Muñecos, Dummies, Old Year Dolls, Judas Dolls. They are stuffed with firecrackers which at lit and beaten when the clock hits 12 o’clock. This is done so that the sins and evil spirits of the old year are destroyed, making way for good fortune in the New Year.

South Africa

People throw furniture out of windows of tall buildings (Others)



In the neighbourhood of Johannesburg, throwing furniture out of windows of tall buildings has been voted one of the strangest New Year traditions worldwide. The act symbolises casting away the old in favour of the new, letting go of past sorrows for a more hopeful time.